The studio looks great ( even though I say so myself) and its been great exploring how it could be laid out if I didn't have the student tables all the time.
I have also managed to get rid of some old frames. When I started out I used to pick up frames from charity shops, but as I have made more money, I wanted a more cohesive look and so have slowly replaced them all with black frames and white mounts. But I had loads of the frames lying around that I had intended to take back to a charity shop. Instead I put them all out in my large basket and said people could help themselves, but suggested they could put a donation in the RNLI box. Living by the coast then this is such a worth while charity, so I do all I can to support them.
I have also had a chance to do some pastel drawing. With people in and out more than normal, I found it hard to settle to anything major, so these have been great to just pass the time and people are interested in watching .
The last paintings I did before Arts week were these acrylics, they are only 20cm x 20cm but they were fun and I love the colours. As always my obsession with the sea continues.
I have also managed to finish my 'Plop' pencil drawing. I started it as I wanted to enter something for the Derwent Drawing competition, but now its finished I am not so sure. The photo isn't very clear and I need to scan it in properly but it gives you an idea.
So I am now being asked if i think Arts week has been successful. Well I have nothing to compare it to being my first one in this studio, but I am very pleased, I have sold a couple of major paintings and a few smaller ones. Loads of cards and bits and bobs. Money wise I wanted to make sure I covered what I would have taken if my students had been in and I did that quite comfortably. At the start I asked Mr WD what he thought would make for a successful week and he set me what I thought was a very unrealistic target, but I am only £100 off with 3 days still to go, so maybe it wasn't that unrealistic after all. But as I believe success shouldn't just be measured by money, then I would say its been a great week. lots of people have been introduced to my art work, a lot of people have gone home with a little bit of it , even if its only been in card form. And we have raised the awareness of the centre. I would also say its been the best atmosphere there since I joined, so all in all I am very pleased.
I will catch up with you next week, I have an exciting weekend ahead of me and I am hoping that I will have some new work to share with you next week....